Did you know the Nobu Hospitality group had extended beyond restaurants? It was news to me! I had been to the Nobu restaurants in London. We had wanted to go to Nobu when we were in Dubai and staying at the Atlantis but they do not allow children inside. Nobu Hotel Shoreditch opening in 2017 will be the hotel group’s 9th hotel venture.
The first Nobu hotel was in Las Vegas, a 2013 venture in which Robert DeNiro (yes, Mr. Raging Bull himself) partnered up with chef Nobu Matsuhisa. You figure Robert DeNiro knows what he is doing since he also owns the well known New York restaurant, Tribeca Grill and another Tribeca fixture, the Greenwich Hotel. DeNiro has got plans to build a luxury boutique hotel in the Covent Garden area of London. In the interim, he’s entered the London hotel market with Nobu Hotel Shoreditch.
In keeping with Vegas culture, the Nobu restaurant at Nobu Hotel Ceasars Palace is the largest Nobu in the world at a massive 12,3775 square feet! The other Nobu hotels are in Miami and Malibu. There are also Nobu hotels in the Philippines, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Nobu Hotel Shoreditch will be the group’s first foray into hotels in Europe.
My first (uncharitable) thought was that Boris Becker wouldn’t have needed to have his infamous romp with a waitress in the broom cupboard of the London Mayfair Nobu in 1999 if only there had been a hotel room available. Joking aside, these hotels look gorgeous – very stylish and sleek.
Nobu Hotel Shoreditch will have 150 rooms styled in the usual Nobu contemporary take on Eastern style. The food and drinks will be specifically designed for this hotel by Chef Nobu, himself.
(Photo credit: Nobu Hotel Shoreditch)